Post # 1
The city clerk’s office lost our marriage license… so one of us had to go down there and get a new one.. luckily they were able to just print us out a marriage certificate. i had been told by my officiant that usually they give you a blank dup license and you need to get all the sig again. that would be a pain.
anyways, quick question for you fellow NYC’ers… i noticed on the license there’s a “new surname” section so i assume i would use this marriage license to change my last name for driver’s license, passport, etc…. however, what if i wanted to also change my middle name (to my maiden name).
any thoughts? was i supposed to do anything else that i neglected to do?
Post # 3
Technically NYC will not allow you to change your middle name by virtue of getting married. However, I asked nicely once I got to the social security office and the clerk didn’t mind doing it. And once its on your social security card, nobody will argue with you (or anyway, they didn’t argue with me!). Hope that helps!
Post # 4
I was told 100% (and you can google it) that NYC (and NY, NJ, PA, OH and a few others) will not change your middle name via marriage. Only surname….then you have to petitiion to the court via attorney to make any further changes, like anyone else making a name change.
Sounds like Aprilbride10 lucked out! About 10 of my friends ran into the same problem, middle name just cant be changed with the same automatic switch.
A way to get around it, I’ve been told, it to put MaidenName MarriedName in your “New Last Name” box. So legally you’d have two real last names (not hyphenated). So that legally in NYC, after marriage your legal name is “First Middle Maiden Married” — and you can slowly drop the middle off things without having to return to court.
Hope this helps a bit!